29 April 2019

International Women's Mountain Biking Day

International Women's Mountain Biking Day is a celebration event that takes place the first Saturday in May. It's a day for women to get together to experience, share and express their love of mountain biking! Tag your rides with #womensmtbday!

How do I participate?

Women’s Mountain Biking Day is social-media driven. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to use the day as a catalyst for grassroots engagement, festivals, rides, awareness campaigns and other activities to both celebrate and encourage women mountain biking.

Ride

Plan a special ride with your girlfriends; take your mom or daughter or sister for her first-ever mountain bike ride; get people together specifically to practice skills; or host an organized women-only mountain bike ride via a local bike club or shop. 

Build 

Organize a women’s-only trail volunteer day. Give them an opportunity to learn about trail maintenance and proper tool use, then get dirty supporting their favorite trail. Consider that attendees may have young children and offer an option to show up for a few hours, rather than requiring they attend an all-day event deep in the backcountry. Of course you could join one of the Take Care of Your Trails events as well!

Learn

Host a women’s-only skills night or advocacy talk. It can be as simple as how to do bike maintenance. Or, give a presentation about how to get more involved in trails and outdoor recreation in their community. How can women mountain bikers advocate for more resources, access, youth programming and more where they live? 

Engage

Host a women’s night at a local bike shop. Show inspirational films, network, swap stories and make new friends. Get to know who is in the mountain biking community and give those who are curious but nervous a chance to come out and ask questions in a friendly environment. 

Trail advocate of the year -  female candidates wanted!

International Women's Mountain Biking Day coincides with IMBA Europe's Take Care of Your Trails campaign. A new award category added this year is the Trail advocate of the year. This category honors passionate and tireless trail advocates for exceptional work in advancing mountain biking opportunities in their local community, region or even country. We're looking for female candidates who have been of great importance for mountain biking, worked to create trails or preserved access or started that awesome kids mountainbike program, than you should nominate her by submitting this form.

Candidates need to be nominated by their local trail crew members, community representatives, land manager, colleague or maybe even by that board member or politician. Submitted candidates will be judged and the winners will be announced at the IMBA Europe Summit in Denmark. Beside eternal fame, kudos from your friends and engraved wooden plaque, Endura will provide both winners with their MT500, award-winning performance MTB jacket! And…the story of both winners will be featured in an article on singletracks.com. Nominations should be submitted May 7th latest.

Submit your candidate HERE

Women's Mountain Biking Day logo 

Discount IMBA Europe Summit 

To celebrate International Women's Mountain Biking Day, we bring back our early bird prices for the IMBA Summit in Silkeborg for women. You might be wondering, why only women? It's no secret mountain biking is a male-dominated sport and that's why we want to elevate women representation at IMBA events and in mountain biking in general. On this year's Summit program, we're lucky to have five inspiring women as keynotes or breakout session presenters. 

  • Niamh Allum is Specialist Occupational Therapist Mental Health and will tell you all about the mental health and mountain biking program she's been part of in Scotland
  • Hannah Barnes is one of the greatest ambassadors for women's mountain biking. As a professional rider for Specialized, she inspired many other female riders and nowadays, she's combines adventures and relaxation with her Ride Retreats
  • Wendy Ulyett is pushing mountain biking and outdoor breaks in & around Sheffield as marketing manager for Sheffield City 
  • Maxine Gregory is senior researcher, Chair of the Outdoor Recreation Research Group and Vice-Chair of the European Network of Outdoor Sports and above all, a passionate outdoor enthuasist encouring more people to get active
  • Annie Söderberg is a Occupational therapist, former perfomrnace coach at Swedisch Cycling Federation and as sports pshychologist, she knows conquering new obstacles means conquering your mind as well. She will show you how to do this during one of the sessions at the IMBA Summit. 

This weekend is your last chance to sign up for the IMBA Summit (registrations closes 5th of May). For women (sorry guys), use this registration link to save 25% on the event fee. You can sign up for one, two or three days